Portals was created to foster one-on-one conversations across distances and different cultures, says the project’s founder and creative director Amar Bakshi.
During a visit in October, The Art Newspaper spoke with a group of children from the Harsham Refugee Camp in Erbil, Iraq about some of their favourite activities—playing football—and foods—shawarma and barbeque.
On World Refugee Day, a golden shipping container was brought on to the grounds of the United Nations General Assembly hall in New York.
Inside, cutting-edge audiovisual technology allowed delegates to converse via live video chat with children inside Jordan's Zaatari refugee camp, as though they were standing in the same room.
Rami and Sami are two brothers who have been living in a refugee camp in Irbil for three years.
Their journey from Mosul took them first through Syria, then Turkey, and after a delay of five days at the Kurdish border, they were permitted to enter again into the area of Iraq now controlled by the Kurds. The delay at the border was because relations between the Arabs and the Kurds is not that good.
They sat in a room carpeted from floor to ceiling in charcoal gray, facing a screen that showed two Iraqi men, Muhammad and Rami, sitting on lime-green plastic chairs in a similarly enclosed space.
LOS ANGELES (CN) – Inside the gleaming dark gold shipping container in LA’s Grand Park, the three art students giggled uneasily.Harvard Divinity School had a unique addition to its campus green this week: A metallic-gold shipping container equipped with immersive video technology, connecting Cambridge students with refugees from Iraq, Gaza City, Jordan, and Germany.El Partido Verde Europeo instaló hoy en la puerta del Parlamento Europeo (PE) un portal que permite hablar a tiempo real con refugiados y desplazados que se encuentran en Alemania, Jordania, Ruanda, Afganistán o Palestina.The Campaign is supported by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the German Federal [email protected]" UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to protect the rights of every child.Harvard Divinity School student Shannon Boley pushed open the heavy door to the large shipping container and slowly stepped out on to the School’s campus green, wiping away tears from her eyes.Asked why she was crying, she said “that was just a connection I haven’t had in a long time.” On Harvard’s campus, there’s a portal to another world — literally.Last week, members of the US House of Representatives met with displaced students from Erbil, Iraq, to highlight the magnitude of humanitarian crises in the world. Omar, an articulate, polite and outwardly jovial 15-year-old from near Mosul, Iraq, is a typical teenager in many ways.The event was co-hosted by Global Citizen, Global Campaign for Education-US; Jesuit Refugee Service/USA; U. He enjoys hanging out with friends, is close to his family and hopes one-day to become a journalist.Inside an unassuming shipping container that sits on the grass at Harvard Divinity School, students, staff and other visitors can come face-to-face with refugees around the world.Harvard Divinity School has brought to the Cambridge campus this week a large shipping container that serves as a portal to refugees around the world, using audio-visual technology that allows students and refugees to have live conversations.